Lecture Rabinal

Lecture Rabinal - Photos: Unesco.org Mayan Drama of...

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Mayan Drama of Invasion, Captivity, and Sacrifice and/or Mayan Drama of Sovereignty, Resistance, and Survivance ? Man of Rabinal (Rabinal Achi) (15th century and contemporary practice) Photos: Unesco.org
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Map: Guatemala
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Significance of play’s title Rabinal Achi (Man of Rabinal) Rabinal = indigenous town/nation in Guatemala or , Xajoj Tun (Dance of the Trumpets) Belongs to the Mayan dance drama tradition. Actors speak or dance. Tun : Long wooden trumpets (now use elongated brass bugles) Dialogue shifts marked by trumpets.
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Play dramatizes pre-Hispanic moment, when Mayan civilization was comprised of many sovereign nations, among which the Quiché and Rabinaleb. Spanish invasion: early 16th century (completed in 1523)
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Commemorative Ritual Drama Rabinal Achi: not historical drama but a commemoration of more than 6 generations of Mayan history before the Spanish invasion (as early as 4th century) Mostly from reign of King Quicab (late 14th-early 15th century) Most famous of Quiché kings House of Cawek Reigned over Rabinal and other peoples
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Duel of balancing forces Two armed warriors, Cawek (jaguar head) and the Man of Rabinal (coyote head) duel with speech. Dialogue: each end his speech with the name of his adversary Introduces characters in the absence of printed program Evidence of oral roots of this performance Sense of balance.
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This note was uploaded on 12/11/2011 for the course TDHT 21 taught by Professor Roxworthy during the Fall '11 term at UCSD.

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Lecture Rabinal - Photos: Unesco.org Mayan Drama of...

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